Now it came to pass, afterward, that he went through every city and village, preaching and bringing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God. And the twelve were with Him, and certain women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities–Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons, and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who provided for him from their substance. (Luke 8:1-3)
Jesus, come through our communities. Raise up more women who will minister to you. Raise up vocations for the Sisters of St. Mary.
And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to him from every city, he spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Luke 8:4-
Lord Jesus, please help me to sow seeds that will produce a rich harvest. Whatever it takes, help me go out into the harvest fields that you have prepared for me to walk in.
But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. (Luke 8:15)
Holy Spirit, help me to have a noble and good heart, keep your word in my heart, and help me bear fruit with patience.
For all people walk each in the name of his god, but we will walk in the name of the LORD our God forever and ever. (Micah 4:5)
Help me to walke in your name, LORD, forever and ever.
The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
Lord, help me to be righteous.
WORD: Look to me for blessing.
WORD: Keep coming into my presence and I will bless you.
Friday: 140, 142 * 141, 143:1-11(12); Micah 3:9-4:5: Acts 24:24-25:12: Luke 8:1-15
Saturday: 137:1-6(7-9), 144 * 104; Micah 5:1-4,10-15: Acts 25:13-27: Luke 8:16-25
Notes from the Front Lines
***** Please pray for the ill and the dying caused by Ebola in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Nigeria, and elsewhere. It is decimating whole communities. Pray for wisdom and compassion for the governments of the world as they confront this epidemic.
***** Schenectady City Mission Prayer Table Report, Thursday, October 9, 2014, 5:10 – 6:10 p.m.. Torre Bissell from Christ Church Schenectady. This took place during the evening meal at the City Mission.
+–indicates received a wooden cross made by Dennis Adams of North Carolina
199–“199 Promises of God”, a small paperback with encouraging quotes from the Bible
Ted (volunteer in his 80s) — We prayed for him, for his granddaughter Camille, and for my wife Jean.
Dan (staff) — His kids are doing OK. We prayed for blessing on the whole family.
+ 199 Danny (32) and Tanya (29) — I asked Danny if he had ever given his life to Jesus. He said, “No. That would be a big step.” I challenged him to take it, which he did. He confessed his sins to Jesus and accepted the cleansing of forgiveness. I asked the two of them if they had ever prayed together before and they said, “Once.” They prayed silently together there at the table. I urged them to pray about getting married (they are in a “relationship”).
Gary (staff) — We prayed that his son Chris and his girlfriend Suzy will come to Christ and get married. We also prayed for Gary’s niece Jessica who was arrested for heroin possession.
+ 199 Christian (volunteer) — This teenager made a first-time commitment to Jesus.